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I noticed on Onkyousa.com that they have 2 receivers listed as coming soon.... This reciever is basically the same as the 626 except it has support for the lastest HDMI connections and 21:9 viewing aspect ratio AND to me the killer is it now does NOT have Audyssey it has AccuEQ an exclusive Auto Room EQ from Onkyo and it says it by-passes the front L&R speakers for the EQ. I'm not quite sure about this.

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That's indeed what they're advertising. Of course, as yet nobody knows how effective their new proprietary room EQ might be.

Edited to add: Marantz equipment have had the Audyssey option "Bypass L/R" for a long time.

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The manual posted online indicates that the AccuEQ is either off or on. It doesn't have the depth of options the audyssey had (i.e. target curves, dynamic eq, dynamic volume, reference levels), or at least I don't see them in the manual. The lack of options seems like a downgrade to me.
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I am guessing there is not a chance that AccuEQ will eq your subwoofers if it doesn't eq the main speakers. I have been looking at the 626 for a while to replace my old yamaha  and was excited to see the 636 on the onkyo website.  The 626 has the basic audyseey multieq it would still help eq the subs.  Not to excited about 4k yet since there is not much content out there yet.  What a bummer....  

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I have this one on pre-order at Amazon

There's a review of the TX-NR535 (the 5.2 sibling), but the reviewer didn't use the automatic setup for AccuEQ. I am curious how
it sounds compared to Audessey.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR535-5-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/product-reviews/B00IQ0SDVY/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

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I have this one on pre-order at Amazon

There's a review of the TX-NR535 (the 5.2 sibling), but the reviewer didn't use the automatic setup for AccuEQ. I am curious how
it sounds compared to Audessey.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR535-5-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/product-reviews/B00IQ0SDVY/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

Did this show up in the mail yet?  If so, how do you like it so far?  For me, it is between this NR636 and the Pioneer VSX-1124 (although it doesn't look like it is avail yet).


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Did this show up in the mail yet?  If so, how do you like it so far?  For me, it is between this NR636 and the Pioneer VSX-1124 (although it doesn't look like it is avail yet).

No, I checked with Onkyo and it should become available end of April / beginning of May depending on your territory. So I guess 2 more weeks.

I'm also looking at the VSX-1124 and the RX-V677 (RX-V777). but no information yet on when they are available.

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I guess I have to adhere to patience

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It's been released now. Anyone got it yet? I'm about to pull the trigger methinks...my old Onkyo HTIB receiver with HDMI video passthrough (no audio!) sorely needs replacing...
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It would seem this new Onkyo amp still requires you to switch on full 'HDMI Control(RHID)' in order to enable the Audio Return Channel from your TV... Why?

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Well, I pulled the trigger. Can't wait for this baby.
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Well, I pulled the trigger. Can't wait for this baby.
Awesome! Cannot wait to hear your initial experience.

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It would seem this new Onkyo amp still requires you to switch on full 'HDMI Control(RHID)' in order to enable the Audio Return Channel from your TV... Why?

That's no good, so still no ARC for me:

My Philips TV with CEC switches on if you just switch the radio on... TV off => Onkyo off again.
My 609 requires to operate in passthrough mode, meaning that it's alwasy "on". Did they invent in the mean time some clever standby mode ?

So that's still an coax cable to my receiver.

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Well, I pulled the trigger. Can't wait for this baby.

Looks like Amazon.com has/had stock. Still no stock at Amazon.de (the german variant). Guess they started to ship to the US first. Guess another week or so.

Could you please give an opinion on AccuEQ vs. Audessey:

- Setup
- How it "sounds"
- What it calculates (cut offs etc if visible in the GUI) ?

The TX-NR535 reviews are still missing as well and the people who have bought one and leave reviews on e.g. Amazon don't
go further than "good product, I'm happy".

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Going to order this from Amazon also. I had my Onkyo 709 up for sale at Amazon and it sold. I'll need a new receiver ASAP.
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Going to order this from Amazon also. I had my Onkyo 709 up for sale at Amazon and it sold. I'll need a new receiver ASAP.
That's great you sold the old AVR, how much did it sell for?

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After Amazon took their cut I had 339.00 to use towards the 636.
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Well, I pulled the trigger. Can't wait for this baby.

Did yours arrive ?

I got mine yesterday. Few observations:

- It feels a bit lighter than my good old TX-NR609. From the specs it's 10 vs. 11 kg.

- It's basically still the same housing as the 609. Build quality is ok-ish. Except that the volume knob is a bit more plastic than my old 609. Further, I still don't like that the power lead/cable
is connected directly to the power supply internally (so no connector + cable as most other manufacturers of HiFi equipment are doing). And why is the power connector not grounded ?

- I don't like the placement of the HDMI connectors directly above the speaker connectors. It's a pain to connect the wires. I have to get my hands on some crocodile clips in the future.

- Setup is a "breeze". I'm not an expert in room correction (equalization), but from what I remember Audessey used high pitched tones (~10 KHz ?) during setup. AudioEQ works differently. It
first asks for your speaker setup. I'm a bit confused (still) about the terms height or back speakers. I assumed with my 5.1 setup I have back speakers. It then asks you place the mic at
the listening position and fires off some noise (so no tone) into each speaker and plays a sound into the sub-woofer. Even if you have a 5.1 setup it still tries to play sounds as if you've
a 7.2 setup. The process is then repeated at a much louder volume (position = 50 ??? vs. 25 during the first check). It then calculates and shows you the cut off frequencies. I can look
them up in you're interested. Still I got the feeling it did a better job for my sub-woofer than the 609. For my old setup, the woofer was sometimes clipping, now things sounds much better.
Have to try e.g. Star Wars Return of the Jedi tonight, specially the opening sequence, which has some nice deep bass sounds.

- The 636 does sound not much differently from my old 609. I get the feeling it's "louder" than the 609 and perhaps a bit fatter. For my 609, you had to use a volume setting > 35-40 to get some real volume into my living room.

- Don't like the remote. The setup button shows you the current input mapping. This is confusing. You have to press the home button to get into the setup.

- HDMI CEC settings look the same as my 609. Maybe tonight I'll have ARC another try with my Philips TV. Currently I use digital coax in for audio. Didn't see (as it should) lipsync issues.

- Onkyo still has no auto configuration for analog radio channels apparently. Still took me 30 minutes to program all 40 channels manually.

- No HDMI connection issues with my HTPC (AMD APU) and my PS4. Also no issues with deep color support, which has been added to firmware 1.70 of the PS4. Some people have to explicitly switch it off on the PS4 side
to get a picture. My TV is a Philips 42PFL5038 from 2013.

- Start up (switching on) feels slower than my 609. It's in the order of a few secs more.
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Thanks for this info.  I'm about to get this receiver as it's the only hdmi 2 available now and I can't wait unfortunately.  Once question how is it for heat output.  Does it seem warm or hot?  Is it passive or does it have a fan.  I think it's passive cooling so I'll probably stick a small fan on top to pull out the heat, I'm a big believer in cooling my equipment (alas my tower pc sounds like a small aircraft as a result though :) ).

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@loekf great review. Definitely get some banana plugs to help with those speaker wire inputs.

@lostonmountain, coolerguys make great fans for cabinet cooling. I intend to get a few.

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No, it's definitely passive. It does get warm, same as my previous 609 I think. It's key to have minimum 20 centimers (~8 inch) space above the amplifier so it can get rid of its heat.
My first Onkyo was a TX-SR606 and that one got really hot.

I think Onkyo is only using internal case fans for its high-end models, because they can push much more power to the speakers.
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@loekf great review. Definitely get some banana plugs to help with those speaker wire inputs.

@lostonmountain, coolerguys make great fans for cabinet cooling. I intend to get a few.

Yup, already ordered them.

Update: didn't realise that here in Europe so called banana connectors are a no go, because someone decided that they look too familiar to regular power pins, so
usually amplifiers don't allow for banana connectors and you can only directly connect the speaker wires. So simply put.. the holes in the speaker wire connectors
are not big enough to handle banana connectors. Bummer...

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Coolerguys has a nice 120mm AC low db fan for a pretty good price I see.  If I didn't have lots of fans and old power supplies lying around I'd probably get one might anyway if I can't find a quiet enough fan.  Interesting site thanks.

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Yup, already ordered them.

Update: didn't realise that here in Europe so called banana connectors are a no go, because someone decided that they look too familiar to regular power pins, so
usually amplifiers don't allow for banana connectors and you can only directly connect the speaker wires. So simply put.. the holes in the speaker wire connectors
are not big enough to handle banana connectors. Bummer...

I read that 4mm plugs (as banana plugs are often called in Europe) don't always fit despite the moniker "4mm" maybe you could find a set of "thinner" 4mm plugs?

 

Edit: just remembered where I read that.

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I read that 4mm plugs (as banana plugs are often called in Europe) don't always fit despite the moniker "4mm" maybe you could find a set of "thinner" 4mm plugs?

Edit: just remembered where I read that.

I did some more reading. It seems that in the EU, except for the UK, manufacturers have to put plastic "tubes" into the speaker connectors to disencourage (?) people
from using banana connectors. From what I've read on this forum, it's possible to peel them out, but am a bit reluctant to try it out on my brand new 636. The issue
is that banana connectors can be inserted into wall sockets (same pin size) and the EU is trying to protect its citizens from frying themselves.

Tried a few more things yesterday:

- I still hate that you have to explicitly go to an input in order to force HDMI via the setup menu into bypass and disable upscaling, sharpening etc. Post-processing
is for me a no-go these days and would have preferred if Onkyo had a generic option to switch it off on all HDMI inputs. Looks like that for the game input, all
processing is switched off by default as it should. Looks like Onkyo offers a quick menu, but missed that.

- I watched some TV material (incl. the new 24 series) via my HTPC and Netflix. I would rank the 636 definitely better than my 609 in terms of sound quality. It's hard to explain, but the
dynamics for 2.0 stereo material upmixed to 5.1 sound very good. Very crisp and deep. I couldn't get Netflix on my AppleTV to spit out DD, but that seems to be a recent Netflix
bug on AppleTV (gen 3 ?).

- Tried the beginning of Starwars EP3 (with the space battle) and Transformers 2 (with TrueHD track) and it sounds really good . Happy with the bass sounds.

- The 636 is not yet in the Logitech Harmony database. You have to add commands yourself with the original remote.

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I did some more reading. It seems that in the EU, except for the UK, manufacturers have to put plastic "tubes" into the speaker connectors to disencourage (?) people
from using banana connectors. From what I've read on this forum, it's possible to peel them out, but am a bit reluctant to try it out on my brand new 636. The issue
is that banana connectors can be inserted into wall sockets (same pin size) and the EU is trying to protect its citizens from frying themselves.

Tried a few more things yesterday:

- I still hate that you have to explicitly go to an input in order to force HDMI via the setup menu into bypass and disable upscaling, sharpening etc. Post-processing
is for me a no-go these days and would have preferred if Onkyo had a generic option to switch it off on all HDMI inputs. Looks like that for the game input, all
processing is switched off by default as it should. Looks like Onkyo offers a quick menu, but missed that.

- I watched some TV material (incl. the new 24 series) via my HTPC and Netflix. I would rank the 636 definitely better than my 609 in terms of sound quality. It's hard to explain, but the
dynamics for 2.0 stereo material upmixed to 5.1 sound very good. Very crisp and deep. I couldn't get Netflix on my AppleTV to spit out DD, but that seems to be a recent Netflix
bug on AppleTV (gen 3 ?).

- Tried the beginning of Starwars EP3 (with the space battle) and Transformers 2 (with TrueHD track) and it sounds really good . Happy with the bass sounds.

- The 636 is not yet in the Logitech Harmony database. You have to add commands yourself with the original remote.

Interesting, just how many people are plugging banana plugs into electrical sockets I wonder?  If they are that young there should be child protectors in all sockets.  Oh well, the only real problem is making sure there are no stray wires to short the receiver and maybe looks.  If they want to discourage it maybe they could do something a little more user friendly like maybe requiring a warning tag (yea I know in how many languages) or color coding or something.  But even if they look similar single banana's are just that, one wire, who is going to plug a single one into a wall socket besides a young child?

 

I assume once you've set the video processing off it stays that way.  Given the amount of processing all the 4k TV's do (well except the Seiki's which I gather are pretty much just scaling) you'd think this option would be off by default, but I'm sure Onkyo is proud of this feature and therefore it is on by default.

 

I personally don't like Logitech Harmony's (too fragile for one thing) and use an MC-20 universal (alas though they have not updated it in some years and it doesn't have Bluetooth just IR) macro's are easy to program and no need to go online every time you want to make a minor change.  May have to break down and get a harmony with Bluetooth someday though.  Glad the 636 uses IR.  I'm used to having to teach it every time I get a new remote though.  Of course if you are teaching your harmony now than the codes should be making it into the database.

 

Appreciate hearing about the likes and dislikes from everyone: helps so I won't be surprised when I get mine (should be next week yea!).

 

I was looking at the Yamahas but the two things (besides not being available yet) I noticed is only the most expensive ones have two HDMI outputs (yeah I could use a splitter but that's just one more device to have to put somewhere and adds more connectors which are always possible fail points) and that they don't seem to support HDCP 2.2, which I believe will be needed when UHD blue discs become available.  Only one input with this but that's a lot better than none.

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Did yours arrive ?

I got mine yesterday. Few observations:

- It feels a bit lighter than my good old TX-NR609. From the specs it's 10 vs. 11 kg.

- It's basically still the same housing as the 609. Build quality is ok-ish. Except that the volume knob is a bit more plastic than my old 609. Further, I still don't like that the power lead/cable
is connected directly to the power supply internally (so no connector + cable as most other manufacturers of HiFi equipment are doing). And why is the power connector not grounded ?

- I don't like the placement of the HDMI connectors directly above the speaker connectors. It's a pain to connect the wires. I have to get my hands on some crocodile clips in the future.

- Setup is a "breeze". I'm not an expert in room correction (equalization), but from what I remember Audessey used high pitched tones (~10 KHz ?) during setup. AudioEQ works differently. It
first asks for your speaker setup. I'm a bit confused (still) about the terms height or back speakers. I assumed with my 5.1 setup I have back speakers. It then asks you place the mic at
the listening position and fires off some noise (so no tone) into each speaker and plays a sound into the sub-woofer. Even if you have a 5.1 setup it still tries to play sounds as if you've
a 7.2 setup. The process is then repeated at a much louder volume (position = 50 ??? vs. 25 during the first check). It then calculates and shows you the cut off frequencies. I can look
them up in you're interested. Still I got the feeling it did a better job for my sub-woofer than the 609. For my old setup, the woofer was sometimes clipping, now things sounds much better.
Have to try e.g. Star Wars Return of the Jedi tonight, specially the opening sequence, which has some nice deep bass sounds.

- The 636 does sound not much differently from my old 609. I get the feeling it's "louder" than the 609 and perhaps a bit fatter. For my 609, you had to use a volume setting > 35-40 to get some real volume into my living room.

- Don't like the remote. The setup button shows you the current input mapping. This is confusing. You have to press the home button to get into the setup.

- HDMI CEC settings look the same as my 609. Maybe tonight I'll have ARC another try with my Philips TV. Currently I use digital coax in for audio. Didn't see (as it should) lipsync issues.

- Onkyo still has no auto configuration for analog radio channels apparently. Still took me 30 minutes to program all 40 channels manually.

- No HDMI connection issues with my HTPC (AMD APU) and my PS4. Also no issues with deep color support, which has been added to firmware 1.70 of the PS4. Some people have to explicitly switch it off on the PS4 side
to get a picture. My TV is a Philips 42PFL5038 from 2013.

- Start up (switching on) feels slower than my 609. It's in the order of a few secs more.

I received mine yesterday, hooked it up today. Plugged my Orei all-region Blu-ray player into it and fired it up. Looks and sounds great; no HDMI handshake issues, no lipsync issues either. It's replacing my old Onkyo receiver model HTR-550, which of course came with my now-ancient Onkyo HT-SR800 HTIB of 2007 vintage (a hell of a value at the time, and I'm still fine with the speakers & sub). So, in comparison, it's fantastic. I'm just glad I can finally get sound out of HDMI cables instead of having to run the optical audio cable. I'm not an expert on these things; I tried using the AudioEQ, but when it was done, there was no subwoofer, so I turned it off. I have a small living room, and I think it sounds fine out of the box anyway, but I might try setting the speaker levels manually sometime, if I'm feeling brave (I could really use some help in this regard).
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I received mine yesterday, hooked it up today. Plugged my Orei all-region Blu-ray player into it and fired it up. Looks and sounds great; no HDMI handshake issues, no lipsync issues either. It's replacing my old Onkyo receiver model HTR-550, which of course came with my now-ancient Onkyo HT-SR800 HTIB of 2007 vintage (a hell of a value at the time, and I'm still fine with the speakers & sub). So, in comparison, it's fantastic. I'm just glad I can finally get sound out of HDMI cables instead of having to run the optical audio cable. I'm not an expert on these things; I tried using the AudioEQ, but when it was done, there was no subwoofer, so I turned it off. I have a small living room, and I think it sounds fine out of the box anyway, but I might try setting the speaker levels manually sometime, if I'm feeling brave (I could really use some help in this regard).

Are you sure there's no sound coming out the sub-woofer ? Did you hear sound coming out of the sub-woofer during the AccuEQ run ?

Good that you mention this, I have to check tonight again if it really kicks in and what the reported cut-off frequency is. My sub-woofer also allows you tweak the cut-off manually.

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Looks like I spoke too soon. I'm having issues with the subwoofer cutting out and changing to standby (red light) during a film, or not turning on (green light) when I turn the unit on; when the latter occurs, sometimes it will turn on when a film starts, and sometimes not. When I had the old Onkyo receiver hooked up, the subwoofer would come on when I powered on the receiver. What gives with the new one? This is EXTREMELY annoying, because it sounds like crap when the subwoofer cuts out, naturally. Anyone else having this problem? Is there a setting I need to adjust? Should I call Onkyo product support? Should I return it and get a Sony instead?
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I'd call support if nobody has an answer here, there may be an adjustment or maybe a firmware fix is about to come out (or maybe you are the first with the problem it is new).  I saw a problem posted like this for a different receiver and sub.  Is the meantime you could put the sub on always on (waste of power of course and inconvenient to turn it off last thing at night). Only other thing I can think of off hand is to double check your cable connection (I'd unplug and re-plug both ends).

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